Can COVID-19 cause vision loss? As it turns out, yes, it can.
A study initiated by the French Society of Neuroradiology has found a higher likelihood of abnormal MRI findings, such as nodules on the posterior pole (backside) of the eyes, in patients with severe coronavirus infection. The study, conducted on 129 patients with severe COVID-19, found that around seven percent of study participants had developed one or more nodules on one or both eyes. Present in the macular region near the back of the eye, these nodules may increase the risk of retinopathy, a vision disorder that can lead to blindness.
Symptoms of retinopathy include:
- Blurry Vision
- Visual Distortions
- Spots and Floaters
- Loss of Color Sensitivity
- Dark or Black Areas of Vision
If you have been diagnosed with severe COVID-19 and are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is vital that you contact our office right away. Retinopathy cannot be cured, but it needn’t be a sentence to blindness, either. With proper care and treatment, the condition can be slowed in order to prevent a loss of vision.
COVID-19 and Pinkeye
In addition to a heightened risk for retinopathy in cases of severe coronavirus, COVID-19 is linked to conjunctivitis (pinkeye) in one to three percent of patients. Highly contagious, pinkeye is marked by red, swollen, and itchy eyes. There may also be some discharge with conjunctivitis that can make eyelids stick together.
Most cases of pinkeye self-correct over the course of one to two weeks. Medications may be needed in some cases to reduce infection and encourage healing, but this is not always necessary. It is a good idea, however, to visit our office for a full evaluation if your pinkeye is related to COVID-19. This enables us to check for other potential complications and to offer services that can prevent vision loss as soon as they are needed.
Call Us Today
If you suspect you have a COVID-related eye disorder, please call Seeta Eye Center at 845-454-1025 to schedule an examination at our Poughkeepsie or Yorktown location. Holding our patients’ health and safety as top priorities, we adhere to all state, local, and federal COVID-19 safety protocols. Call today to learn more.